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Eastern Europe...to interrail or not?

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1. Posted by tasha_oh (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

Hi,

I'm sure this has been debated many atime on here but I was just wondering if an interrail ticket would be worth buying for this trip;

August 1st - Sept 2nd.

Vienna - Prague - Budapest - Bucharest - Sofia - Athens - Peloponnese.

If it's not how am I best to go about buying the connections as I go? Prebooking online for trains/buying on the day at the stations? Also which sites are a good price indication of these journeys?

Any help would be gratefully received!

:)

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

Making an educated guess I think that if only make those journeys and no side-trips you'll be better off without an interrail pass.

www.jizdenka.cz can help you figure out prices.

BTW, get used to one little trick: Always try to buy national tickets. Budapest-Bucharest might be done cheaper if you buy Budapest-Arad and Arad-Bucharest.

And instead of going Vienna-Prague-Budapest I would go Prague-Brastislava-Vienna(-Bratislava)-Budapest. If you use the special offers for travelling between Vienna and the neighboring capitals Bratislava, Prague, and Budapest this way will work out cheaper.

A useful website for train prices is www.jizdenka.cz and for figuring out the cheapest route http://www.bueker.net/trainspotting/maps.php

Pre-booking online is not possible for many of those connections, you have to buy at the train station. With a bit of knowledge how train prices work this can save you some money. If possible buy a few days in advance, especially reservations for sleeper trains.

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 6y

Yeah trains ONLY and buy the day of. No Interrail needed.

4. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

Fine words all round.
I too am a very experienced European rail traveller. Inter-rail?? Nah. There is nothing to add to what has already been said.

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6. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y


  1. 5.... Don't think TP likes posts you've just put up. You might be zapped shortly.